The road to Saturday night's latest Ultimate Fighting Championship event has hit its final stop during fight week. That being the UFC Vegas 31 weigh-ins. Starting at 12 pm ET, the 22 fighters on the card made their way to the scale to put an official stamp on their scraps for tomorrow's event. Every fighter made weight, and all 11 bouts are good to go as of today.
The event kicks off at 7 pm ET with preliminary action on both ESPN and streaming service ESPN+. Main card action follows at 10 pm ET and also will be simulcasted on ESPN and ESPN+.
UFC Vegas 31 is headlined by a lightweight tilt between ninth-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov pupil Islam Makhachev, and fourteenth-ranked American Top Team product Thiago Moises. The co-main event sees former women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate return from a five-year retirement to face off with division stalwart Marion Reneau. In what will be Reneau's final fight as a UFC competitor.
UFC Vegas 31 weigh-in scale stats
Main card (10 pm ET, ESPN & ESPN+)
Islam Makhachev (155.5) vs. Thiago Moises (156)
Marion Reneau (136) vs. Miesha Tate (135)
Preliminary card (7 pm ET, ESPN & ESPN+)
UFC Vegas 31: Fights worth a look
- Islam Makhachev vs Thiago Moises - This fight features two talented 20-something fighters with a lot of potential. Makhachev is getting the bulk of the focus in the lead-up because of his seven-fight win streak and connections with unbeaten former division king Nurmagomedov. But Moises is a skilled fighter in his own right. The ATT talent will offer a solid test for the Dagestani, in his first UFC headliner. The Brazilian will get a great chance to play spoiler for what people believe is Makhachev's next step on his ascension to the top of the division.
- Billy Quarantillo vs Gabriel Benitez - The matchup of Billy Quarantillo versus Gabriel Benitez could easily be the fight of the night. These two MMA veterans, in their early 30s, both have a track record of finishing opponents, including in their UFC stints. Both are talented lightweights just outside the top-15, and an impressive win could get them into the conversation for a spot in the rankings.
- Mateusz Gamrot vs. Jeremy Stephens - Mateusz Gamrot is a recent championship import from Polish MMA powerhouse KSW. After being handed his first loss in his Octagon debut, he bounced back with a destructive knockout of an uber-durable fighter in Scott Holtzman in April. Now he gets an uber-stalwart of the UFC roster in Jeremy Stephens. A man in desperate need of a win as he tries to end a five-fight winless streak. The story of this fight is whether youth or experience will prevail.